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Old 01-15-2008, 01:27 AM   #1
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From Bronco to a Touareg to a TJ

What's up Jeep people!

I hope you're in the mood to read.

Here's the story. I love offroading and have ever since I was 17 (8 years ago). My father gave me a mustang as my first car (I made the payments)...I ditched it quick and bought a 1994 Bronco. Nice SUV but I really beat the crap out of it on the trails and at Azusa (mud through the Intake is BAD). I learned a lot from that Bronco.

I started selling VW's in 2003 and learned about the Touareg and its offroad capabilities. VW stated this vehicle is the best offroad! I had to see it for my self. I ditched the Bronco and leased a 2005 Touareg. The Touareg is a permanent four wheel drive vehicle with a center diferantial (I dont know how to spell diferential and don't care) locker and optional rear locker. I only had the center lock but I should have ordered the rear too. That Touareg is nothing but a computer offorading for you. It was great. I would drive up 6 rated trails with the steel suspension. I bottomed out here and there and put dents into the rockers panels...but who cares. If I slipped, the computer would switch power from left to right and from front to back like nothing anyone has seen. I can climb anything while drinking a pepsi and the A/C Blowing. I really beat that thing up too. I traded that one in and leased a 2007 Touareg. The dealer sold the 05 at the auction due to it's rough condition. I took care of thithe 2007 model, but in the past year, I have suddenly become more financialy responsible and decided it is not a good idea to own a $45,000 Touareg at the age of 25. I sold it! then I bought a 2005 new Jetta.

My offroading days were gone! I should have know I would only last three months. I couldn't take it anymore. This past month when it started snowing and raining....the mountains would call upon me.

I looked at the Touareg again and I quickly realized why Isold my 07' in the first place. I wanted a weekend offroader, not an everyday driver. I need something I can customize and turn into "me". I looked at the H3..not worth the money. I work for Penske now so I can get great deals on the FJ Cruiser, but it comes down to the same thing...$30,000 for an offroader...can't do it. A buddy of mine just bought a 2007 JK a few months ago and he said he loves it. So i went to the Jeep dealer and test drive the JKL (4-door). I liked it, but the price tag didn;t make sense. After sleepless nights of research, I purchased a 2002 TJ from a local VW dealer that had taken one in on trade (completely stock).

I had always said to myself that I would never buy a Jeep! I now own a 2002 TJ I6 5-speed. I love it. The only problem is.....this damn thing has an open diferential. I could'nt even climb a small rock today at Cleghorn because the two wheels with power were in the air.

I mostly ride trails. I like to tackle some difficult ones every now and then. Going over rocks and boulder are fun too...but not major rock crawling. I have come to a conclusion that a locker is a MUST! After days and nights of non-stop research about this stupid Dana 35 in the rear...I have decided to purchase an OX locker in the front for now. In a few months I might upgrade to a DAna 44 in the rear. I currently run 31 inch Bridgestone duler revos (my favorite snow tires). Eventually I know it will be time to give this baby a 2.5 inch lift, 33"inch tires, front and rear OX Lockers on Dana 44's with 3.73 gears. This TJ is really fun. It's like an ATV with doors. My buddy purchased a 2007 JK and I drove it up some hills today that MY TJ wouldn't go up due to the open diferential. If you are a newbie reading this.....YOU NEED LOCKERS! I am excited to join the Jeep Family. See you at Azusa, Cleghorn, Hungry Valley, Barstow....and many other trails that await. Offroad on my friends.

ONLY IN A JEEP!

-Shant Bashian

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Old 01-15-2008, 01:50 AM   #2
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Suspension upgrade, lunchbox in the front, ya won't be seeing that problem again! Upgrade to 44's in the back and a selectable locker, you are still wayyy below the dollar amount, but wayyy above the ability! Welcome to WF!

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Welcome to the best Jeep Wrangler on the planet! There is indeed nothing like a Jeep. Glad the mountains kept calling you back to the off-road life and that you purchased the best off-road vehicle made. Again, welcome to the insanity!
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Welcome to the forum. There are a bunch of us here from So Cal as well - good group of people. Come join us out on the trails one day.

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Welcome to the forum. There are a bunch of us here from So Cal as well - good group of people. Come join us out on the trails one day.

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I would love to Eric. Just drop me a PM when you guys are heading out or post a thread. I will be posting threads of upcoming trips myself. I want to tackle some 5 rated trails in the desert before the hot weather kicks in. I'll be getting my front locker hopefully next week.

By the way...who would you recommend to install the locker for me? Have you heard of 4 West in Colton? How about the 4WheelParts in Azusa or Riverside? Do you have any company you can refer me to or would recommend?

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Have heard of both of those and have no experience.

I know of a friend who got stuff installed at Tri County Gear in Pomona and others have talked about All 4 Wheel in Corona. Both of those shops seem to be very good.

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